Spiritual Growth 2

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Spiritual growth involves growth on 3 levels – the physical/earthly level, the psychological/consciousness level and the Spiritual level.

The Psychological/Consciousness Level:

There is so much for us to learn and to understand about this level and once we take it on we will begin to realise what causes our suffering and how we can heal.  We will begin to realise that we can learn through deepening our understanding rather than from the school of hard knocks – where we learn through suffering – repeating the same old lessons over and over.

The first two major lessons on this level are personal power and self love and worth. Developing personal power is about taking charge of yourself and all your energies; choosing the thoughts you allow into your mind and those you don’t allow, understanding that we become what we think about all day long. When we first become more aware of our thoughts we see how negative they are so much of the time, generally fear-based and full of negative expectations. When we desire, and work, to fill our minds and hearts with spiritual, positive, love-based, joyful thoughts then this is the energy we are carrying around with us and radiating out to the world and this is what we experience more and more of in our lives.

Developing self love and worth is also essential to our psychological and Spiritual health. Your relationship to yourself is the most important relationship in your life because if you don’t love yourself it affects all your relationships – you are constantly seeking love, affirmation, security, approval, from others, from outside yourself, and this is not where it is.  When you learn to love yourself then you come into relationship with others as a whole being, rather than a part who believes that what you need is outside of yourself and your whole existence depends on you getting this. Others can never satisfy our love and security needs. We must first learn to love ourselves.

You first need to make the choice to love yourself – understanding and continually reminding yourself that you are a Soul, you are divine, you are love. You are not that lowly worm, not good enough, separate, trying to fit in, always under threat. Always speak to yourself as you would to a best friend. Your critical inner parent will focus on the little part you didn’t do so well and give you a hard time. Replace that pattern with an inner parent who is very focused on what you are doing well and points these out and then with the bit that needs improving you choose to improve and work out a plan to help yourself with this. Love and firmness, gratitude and acknowledgement of victories – are all essential to learning to love yourself. Never give yourself a hard time or speak in a critical, harsh way to yourself – these faulty habits just have you feel unlovable and unworthy and that is illusion.

 

Spiritual Growth

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Spiritual growth involves growth on 3 levels – the physical/earthly level, the psychological/consciousness level and the Spiritual level.

The Physical/Earthly Level:

It is important to take charge of your physical body and to love and care for it, appreciate it for how well it serves you and do your part to keep it strong and healthy. Making conscious choices as to what you will and will not eat, planning nutritious meals, drinking plenty of good fresh water, overcoming addictions rather than letting them run you, getting regular fresh air and exercise, consciously breathing the air and enjoying the goodness of it in your body.

Be aware of your energy and when it is low or good. Think about what has decreased your energy and what helps you to maintain a good energy level and to feel full of vitality. If you wake with a headache, don’t reach for the pill to kill the symptom, think and write in your journal about what might have caused the headache. Every effect has a cause and every cause has an effect. What did you eat or drink the night before? Was your bedroom lacking air? Are you dehydrated? Did you go to bed with something upsetting on your mind or too much worrying over something? Were you tense, stressed going to bed and if so, why? If you don’t sleep well, think about why and try out different ideas – such as no stimulants after 5pm, cutting down on stimulants generally – and sugar is a major stimulant as well as coffee and tea. Are you using screens late at night, too close to bedtime? Are you relaxed before bed? Are you going to bed too late? A good night-time routine is important.

If you are constantly saying I’m tired or exhausted, your body will respond with tiredness and exhaustion. Balance being and doing, making time to relax as well as work and completing tasks. Then if you feel tired think about why, what is causing this. The biggest cause of tiredness and drain of energy is negative thinking and feeling, negative expectations and focus.

Listen to the messages your body is giving you – don’t put your focus on getting rid of the symptoms. Every symptom is letting you know that you are out of balance in some way and this might be at the physical level or the psychological or the Spiritual level. Every symptom is calling you to learn and grow, calling you to more awareness. A symptom is telling you there’s something you need to pay attention to. Take responsibility for your body and seek to listen to it and to always deepen your understanding.

Building Abundance Consciousness

 

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Money has become so corrupted by greed and selfishness and so locked up in the hands of a few. Poverty or lack consciousness is widespread. Money is an energy and we can free it by doing our part to build and live abundance consciousness. Remember the mind creates. What we hold in our minds, we manifest. This truth about the power of the mind has been spoken of by many great minds throughout history but we fail to take it on and live it.

We need to make a clear conscious choice that we desire to build and, to live in, abundance consciousness. We need to get our will behind this choice. Get your will behind your decision to choose abundance and go for it.

 

The next step is to give thanks for all you have – see how much you do have and bless it. Lack thinking has us so focused on lack that we fail to see what we do have and to be grateful for it. True gratitude brings increase.

Expect abundance.  Desire abundance. Consciously choose to let go of lack and to welcome abundance knowing it is yours if you desire it exclusively.  [This means you do not entertain doubt].

 

Visualise yourself living in abundance, experiencing abundance and all that it enables you to do in our world.

What do you see? Build this image and visit it regularly. Work with it at least once a day but preferably 3 times a day. If you want to create abundance consciousness you have to be very determined to work consistently on it. Whenever you’re waiting or queuing bring your abundance image to mind.

 

Write about the difference abundance will make to you and our world. Write in detail and enjoy this. Let your imagination work on it.

 

Hold the thought of abundance unwaveringly.

 

Vow to never allow words of lack such as I can’t afford that or money is tight. Never allow these thoughts or words. If you focus on lack you intensify and strengthen your experience of lack. If you do fall down, forgive self and write about the incident and what pulled you to think and/or speak in terms of lack. Re-write the situation where you think and speak abundance and vow to think only abundance from now on. Be determined.

Remind yourself that it is only your belief in poverty and you’re negative ego consciousness that prevents the abundance.

 

When you pay a bill give thanks to Spirit for having the abundance to do so. Enjoy paying bills.

 

Bless the money you have and the money you receive and give.

Give and receive money with gratitude in your heart.

Give and receive money freely.

 

Share what you have. To get we must give. It’s the nature of abundance to give and share. Receiving is tied in with giving.

 

Use your money to support those products, services, inventions, causes and channels that serve humanity and evolution. This is important. We need to use the abundance for good.

 

If you need more income sit with your journal and ask your Higher Self and Spirit to guide you to find work that will create income and structure in your life. Sometimes one of the obstacles to abundance is resistance to work. Regard your challenges with lack as teaching you exactly what you need to learn to help you to progress on your path and understand more.

Think about the hours you could work and think about the work you could see yourself doing.  Use imagination.  Write down what you come up with so you ground it. Acknowledge your fears, too, and don’t allow them to control you and hold you prisoner.

Keep focused and determined.

 

Affirm “I see abundance everywhere in our Universe and in my life.”

I give thanks for the abundance in my life.

Abundance, abundance, abundance.

I am ready to welcome abundance into my life.

 

Every day write in your journal about how you are determined to replace poverty and lack consciousness with abundance consciousness and about which part of the above outlined ideas you want to focus on for the next 7 days and then add on more ideas. Keep active on this if you really want to see changes in your experience of abundance, and to make a difference in our world with your abundance.

 

Based on an article from the I Am University
http://iamuniversity.org/?s=why+and+how+to+raise+the+frequency+of+money

The Power of our Thoughts, Expectations and Words

There is a teaching many of us have heard, “Whoever prays believing, shall receive.” How many of us truly believe that what we ask for we shall receive?

 

We are holding thoughts, expectations, beliefs, all the time but in an unconscious way and for the most part what we send out, expect, focus on, is negative and what we don’t want – and we get it because this is what we are “asking” for, believing in.

 

“Life is like an echo. The call we send out returns to us… we should only speak that which we desire to see made manifest in our lives.”  I Am University

 

Our thoughts, our expectations, our words, are powerful and they create. They create our reality. We need to use this power consciously and be very clear about what we want to attract and create in our life.

 

We have so much faith in what we fear. Why not put our faith, instead, into what we pray for and desire, practise gratitude for all we have and expect good.

 

 

Love and Unity

 

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There is a battle raging in our world and within ourselves –separation, fear, conflict versus unity, love, harmony. What’s happening in our world is really out-picturing what is happening within ourselves. The more we work to transmute inner conflict into harmony, peace and love, the more we will radiate these energies out into the world.

Every time you are pulled out of peace, you are experiencing conflict and part of our work in managing our energies is to transmute the conflict into harmony. Most of us live, most of the time, in a state of disharmony or conflict and mostly we are not aware of this.

There is a tendency to feel defeated, depressed by the conflict in the world – powerless to change this. However, the one person you can change is yourself and if you choose to take on the work of transmuting all inner and outer conflict in your life into harmony, peace and love – you can make a difference in our world.

Often if you are caught in inner conflict, it is mirrored in your outer life. Decide that you are going to observe yourself and to become aware of the times you are experiencing inner conflict or disharmony.  Make sure to journal about these experiences so that you understand the cause of your inner conflict. You may believe the cause is outside of you, but the cause is within you. Don’t try to work this out in your head as this just keeps it in the mental loop, at a mental level. You need to write it down, to see it physically, so that you can get clear and understand better. You might need to journal a few times on similar issues before you get more clarity and understanding. You will need patience and persistence.

When you observe yourself out of peace and experiencing conflict, ask yourself what’s upsetting you and use your journal to help you to get clear. Become aware of the power in you to transmute this experience of conflict into harmony. An example might be, you become aware that you are sitting tensely, anxious, and you choose to focus on peace or harmony and to relax your body. Try it.

Or you become aware that you are experiencing inner conflict and, when you journal about it, you realise that you are worrying about something, anticipating trouble or a negative outcome in a situation.  So you tell yourself that worry is of no use and that you need to focus on positive expectation, to focus on what you want and not on what you don’t want.  As you use your mind and don’t allow your feelings to run you, you transmute your experience of conflict into harmony and peace. Repeat the words harmony, peace a few times and feel the energy of these in your being and how good this is.

 

 

“If you strive to live in love, to think love, feel love, give love, share love, focus on love, dwell in love all day and all night long, you literally charge your aura with the fire, electricity and substance of love.” I Am University

 

 

Living a more structured Life

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We need to use our time here wisely and efficiently. We need to be consistently adding to life, taking initiative to grow and discover more, to deepen our understanding. Life is a precious opportunity.

Life is so full of distractions and noise and we seek them out as if we need them. This has just become an unquestioned habit. It’s great to ask yourself do I really need the radio on – the content may be interesting me but is this the best use of my time now? Noise and distractions rob us of the sense of space and time. When you’re tempted to turn on the TV and flop down in front of it, ask yourself is this really relaxing me. What else could I do with this time? Allow your mind to reflect on this.

We need time to be still, to be silent, to reflect.

Just think each of us has 168 hours to fill in the week.

What do we do with this? How do you use your time? What are the distractions in your life? What are the time wasters?

Journaling Exercise:

If you were to divide your day like a pie what gets attention and how much attention? What gets left out generally or almost completely?

What are the time wasters?

What changes would you like to make to this pie?

What do you want to include in the time available to you in each day, in the week?

To include something more you very often have to sacrifice something – what might this be for you?

What surprised you as you did this exercise?

Watch that victim feeling that might arise – a sense of not having any choice, the feeling that this is all too much. Don’t give into that.

Look at what you have written and ask your Higher Self and Spirit to enlighten you as to what will help you to have more order and structure and how you will fit in time to be quiet and still, meditate and journal and plan. Generate personal power and feel strong.

“He is able who thinks he is able.” Buddha

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creating more structure

 

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More order and structure in your life will improve the quality of your life and you will have time to fit in quiet reflective time for you.

Deciding what time you will go to bed and what time you will get up is an important part of bringing more structure into your life. It’s all too easy to sit on in front of the TV flicking from one channel to another or continuing to watch some programme even though it’s not of real interest to you.

You get so much more relaxation and space from turning off the TV or deciding to have a TV-free evening. Listening to uplifting music has such a calming effect and while you do that you could read or journal, be more present in the moment. You could think about goals you want to set for yourself and how you will go about achieving them. This can be a good time to plan for the next day so that you are in charge and making time for what you want to get done and fitted in.

Planning for meals can be, not only a time saver, but also mean you prepare the kind of nutritious meals you want. When you have no plan or a vague one, you are more likely to fall back on the foods that are less nutritious just to fill the gap.

Making a clear choice about screen time is another matter to include as you aim to bring more order and structure into your day and week. Computers can eat time up and certainly don’t leave you rested and prepared for sleep. It’s good to decide on the time you will close down your screen for the evening and be very definite about this. It’s also good to decide how much time you will give to social media, surfing the net or emails.

Time can be eaten up with TV and other screens – with busy-ness generally, leaving no time for quiet and inner, reflective space.

One of the best decisions I ever made in creating more order in my life was to get up earlier and have a silent hour to start my day – including in that time, meditation, journaling and Spiritual reading.